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Starting a Program in Windows

Starting a Program in Windows

Starting a Program

Most of your time on the computer will be spent working in some type of program a word processing program to type letters, a spreadsheet program to create budgets, a database to keep track of contacts, and so on. So, one of the most important skills is learning how to start a program.

Because different people prefer different ways of working, Windows XP provides many options for starting programs. What’s the best way? The way you like. Pick the one that is easiest for you.

When you install a new Windows program, that program’s installation procedure sets up a program icon (and sometimes a program folder if the program includes several components). For example, a scanning program may include a program for executing the scan as well as a program for working with and saving the scanned document. These are listed within the Start menu.

The Start menu provides two methods for starting a program. If you recently used a program, you can select it from the left pane of the Start menu. If the program is not listed, you can display all programs and then select the program from the longer menu. This section covers both of these methods.

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